The average cost to install roof shingles is about $4,800 – 5,100 for a 1,500 sq.ft. ranch house, including materials and labor. This is equivalent to $3.20 – 3.40 per square foot or $320 – 340 per roof square (100 sq.ft.) Total replacement cost may vary depending on your location, roof complexity and the contractor you hire.
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Roof Shingles Price Per Square
Shingle prices start at around $0.80 per square foot, for basic 3-tab products.
The two most popular styles are 3-Tab and Architectural (laminated). These as well as premium varieties are made by multiple manufacturers in US and Canada. The largest are: GAF / ELK, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, Tamko, IKO, and Atlas.
For the same class products, prices are pretty competitive across manufacturers. The biggest difference between them is mostly in the brand name recognition, roofers’ and homeowners’ perception of material quality, and installer’s preference.
The most popular architectural products sold in the US are, Timberline HD by GAF.
You can read our comparison guide on Timberline vs Landmark to get a better sense of what will work for your house.
Here is a break down of the material costs for different products: (Shingles are sold in bundles. There are 3 bundles per square. Note, 1 square of roof area covers about 100 sq.ft.)
|3 – Tab (standard)||$25 – 30 / bundle or $75 – 90 / square|
|Standard Architectural/Laminated||$28 – 32 / bundle, or $84 – 96 / square|
|Premium Architectural/Laminated||$45 + / bundle|
|Energy-Efficient/Cool||$40 + / bundle|
Note, that in the past three years, from 2015-2018, prices have actually gone down by about 20%. This is great news for homeowners looking to get a new roof.
Cost of Home Depot roofing shingles vs. a roofing supplier
If you are planning to install the shingles yourself, you may be wondering whether you can save money by buying them at Home Depot rather than a roofing supply store.
In short: Home Depot 3 Tab shingles will be only slightly cheaper – a difference of about 2.5%
Here is an example of pricing I got from Beacon Sales in West Bridgewater, MA (Brockton branch), for CertainTeed Landmark, GAF Timberline and IKO Cambridge laminated shingles.
Here is a chart comparing prices from Beacon vs. Home Depot
|Brand||Home Depot Price||Roofing Supply Store Price|
|3-Tab||$23.20 per bundle or $69.6 per square||$23.50 / bundle or $70.50 / square|
|GAF TIimberline Natural Shadow||$25.20 / bundle or $75.6 / square||N/A|
|GAF Timberline||$26 / bundle or $78 / square||$26.67 / bundle or $80.01 / square|
|CertainTeed Landmark||N/A||$26.67 / bundle or $80.01 / square|
|IKO Cambridge||N/A||$25.00 / bundle or $75 / square|
Note, that prices for 3 tabs are calculated based on a quantity larger than 16 squares. The cost for architectural varieties is calculated based on a quantity larger than 12 squares.
Across the US, homeowners report spending an average of $3.8-4.5 sq.ft. to install new asphalt shingles. This includes all materials, labor and tear-off fees.
There are a number of important factors that impact how much you will end up spending.
1. Product quality and brand (premium options can be priced 30-40% more than standard ones)
2. Your location (expect to pay more if you live in city/area with a high cost of living)
3. Roof complexity and accessibility
4. Contractor you hire (an experienced, licensed pro will charge more than a fly-by-night contractor)
A typical contractor charges $60-75 per hour for his work. In some high-income areas the cost of labor can be as high as $80-85 per hour. This essentially means that 40-50% of your total cost actually goes to pay for installation. On complex roofs that have a lot of corners, penetrations (skylights, vents, chimney, etc) installation may be as high as 60-70% of the total.
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The good news is that this is one of the few building materials that a handy homeowner can install DIY. They don’t require any special tools or technical training. This is the reason why so many roofers install them, its the easiest entry point in this field. There are many step-by-step guides on how do this correctly, and you will be saving thousands of dollars in the process.
When considering the cost of materials, many people take into account just the shingles. This is incorrect, as a roof made up of them alone will not work. You also need to consider all the accessories that must be included in a complete system.
On average, you can expect to pay an additional $125-150 / square for materials only.
A Roofing System consists of the following components:
- Underlayment: Felt, Synthetic, Ice & Water Shield
- Hip / Ridge cap
- Drip edge metal
- Ventilation (ridge vent)
- Pipe boots
- Lead & step flashing
- Nails, caulking, and other small things
Without utilizing all of these accessories, your roof will likely leak, and your warranty (from ANY manufacturer) will be null and void immediately after installation!
On average, here is what homeowners across the US report spending on the individual accessories:
|15 / 30 lb felt||$21.25 / roll. Covers 400 / 200 sq. ft.|
|CHEAP Ice & Water shield||$98 per roll. Covers 200 sq. ft.|
|GOOD Ice & Water shield||$139 per roll. Covers 200 sq. ft.|
|Hip / Ridge Cap||$46.93 / bundle. Covers 20 ln. ft.|
|Ventilation (ridge vent)||$50.25 for a 20 ft. roll of Cobra ridge vent|
|Synthetic Underlayment||$84 for 400 sq. ft. roll of GAF Deck Armor|
Local MA prices
To give you a real live example of how material prices may differ depending on where you live, we went to a Home Depot in Boston, MA and got the following information:
|15 / 30 lb felt:||$15.75 / roll. 400 / 200 sq. ft. coverage respectively|
|Ice & Water BARRIER (generic):||69.00 per roll – 200 sq. ft. coverage|
|Ice & Water Shield (by Grace):||$138.00 per roll – 225 sq. ft. coverage|
|Hip / Ridge Cap:||$51.95 / bundle. 20 ln. ft. coverage|
|Ventilation (ridge vent):||$55 for a 20 ft. roll of Cobra ridge vent|
|Synthetic Underlayment:||$101.84 for 400 sq. ft. roll of GAF Deck Armor|
|GAF DeckArmor 1000 s.f. Synthetic Underlayment:||$203 for 1000 sq. ft. roll|
Importance of quality underlayment
I mention DeckArmor above, because in my opinion it is the best synthetic underlayment available on the market, based on quality and price. Compared to FELT, price per square foot of deck armor is $0.202 vs $0.079 for felt or about 4 times more expensive. In reality it’s even less, because you have 60% more overlaps with felt, thus the actual coverage is much less.
However, since most roofs are about 1600 sq.ft., 2 rolls should be enough for a typical house. In the grand scheme of things, Deck Armor will cost only$249 more. However, it is hands down a much better WATERPROOFING product, so it is very much worth it!
Regional price differences
When you research prices online and compare them to quotes from your local contractors you may discover a surprising fact: these prices can be VERY DIFFERENT.
This is not because online information is false, or roofers are out of touch with reality. Rather, actual construction costs vary widely, depending on where you live.
Different costs of living, from very high to very low, basically set the standard for labor rates in a particular region. If you live in expensive cities, such as New York or San Francisco, you will be paying a premium price for a new install. This premium can be as high as 18% more than the national average. On the opposite end, if you live in a small town somewhere in the middle of Arkansas, you will be paying less than the national averages sited on line. Often, as much as 16% less.
Here is an interactive map, based on our aggregated pricing data, that shows you accurate roof installation costs in different states.
Accurate Pricing Information Helps Avoid Roofing Scams
All too often, a homeowner does not know if the quotes he is getting from local pros are fair. As a result, some roofers takes advantage of this lack of information, and charge unreasonably high prices…and some homeowners end up paying:(
Here is a telling example from my business:
I was doing an estimate the other day, and the client showed me a quote he got from another contractor. Besides a ridiculously high price (about $700 / sq, on a 22 squares, 12 pitch roof, with 1 layer tear-off and 3 dormers), what struck me the most was the difference in prices between 3-tab and architectural “lifetime” shingles (formerly knows as 30-years).
For 3-tabs (25 years), the price was $14790 ($673 / square), and for “lifetime” architecturals, it was $16500 ($750 / square). So what gives?
Why is there a $1710 difference between the two quotes?
Do architectural products cost $77 more per square?
The truth is, the roofer was taking the homeowner for a “ride”, trying to sell a “premium” package for an unjustified up-charge.
While I’m not judging the other contractor – it’s their business – I want to inform homeowners of the real price difference between the two. So when you are getting quotes, you will know how much premium upgrades really cost.
As you will see below, the $77 / square up-charge was completely unjustified. The cost difference between 3-tab and architecturals is only $10 per square, while ALL other components of the system, as well as the installation cost are the SAME.
Thus, the difference should be maybe $300-500 – not $1700!
By researching prices on line you can avoid falling into the trap described above. If you educate yourself, you can get a quality roof without spending a fortune.
If you are debating whether roof shingles are the right choice, here are a few guides to look into:
1. Shingle Calculator – estimating tool that will give you a quick price quote.
2. Asphalt Shingles Guide – comprehensive info on shingles longevity, durability, energy efficiency, warranties, installation considerations and more.
3. Roof Replacement Cost Guide – provides an overview of installation costs, how pros come up with their quotes, and how you can get the best deal.
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